Tahiti Tan is a premium Tanning Salon located in the Clayton area of Surrey, offering superior tanning beds, tanning lotions and eyelash extensions.
Formerly called Serpentine Flats or Serpentine Valley, Clayton was named in 1889 by postmaster, John George, for his native Clayton, Ohio. Clayton is the area north of Cloverdale, and south of Port Kells.
Begun in 1871, with the inception of British Columbia, the Yale Wagon Road (now the Fraser Highway) was for many years the lifeline to New Westminster and Vancouver. The construction of the Fraser River Bridge in 1904 and the gravelling and extension of the Clover Valley Road (renamed the Pacific Highway) as far as the American border by 1913, established Clayton’s role as a major Surrey transportation hub. This was further enhanced in 1923 by the paving of the Pacific Highway (176 Street as of 1957). While the Serpentine River allowed navigation of vessels with up to a six-foot draw, bridges prohibited most water transport by 1883.
Clayton is bounded roughly in the north by 80 Avenue (formerly Serpentine Road), in the west by 176 Street (formerly Clover Valley Road), in the south by 64 Avenue (formerly Bose Road) and in the east by 192 Street (formerly Latimer Road).
Topographically Clayton centre lies on high ground known as Clayton Hill above the flats of the Serpentine to the north and west.
The main industry was farming; before the end of the First World War most of this was carried out on the Serpentine Flats.
Taking advantage of Clayton’s role as a stopping place for traffic traveling between Vancouver or New Westminster and the United States, Martin William Fry, an Englishman, came from California in 1925 to establish a grocery store and gas station at the corner of the Pacific Highway and the Fraser Highway. This intersection came to be known as Fry’s Corner. Although Fry later sold the store and the building was demolished in 1968, Fry’s Corner retains its name and is perhaps Clayton’s most well-known geographic point.
About Tahiti Tan
Tahiti Tan is a premium tanning salon with a friendly, welcoming staff that has answers for all of your tanning-related questions. We take pride in our beautiful, well-maintained facility, specializing in tanning lotions, tanning beds and eyelash extensions. Our clientele comes primarily from the Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Clayton, Surrey, Langley, Sullivan, Port Kells, Walnut Grove and Willowbrook–Willoughby areas, although we’ve also attracted clients from as far away as Abbotsford and Chiliwack. Come in and see for yourself why your tanning sessions here are “The Ultimate Tanning Experience”.